Electro-Pop Singer Luvabstract Preaches To Be Yourself Musically [Artist Spotlight]
Hailing from Ohio is Marc Anderson best known as Electro-pop singer Luvabstract. His music is a collection of retro and vibrant musical art grasping major attention. Luvabstract stands out being that he preaches constantly to woman relating inspiring messages. In our most recent interview with the young singer, he highlights natural and organic beauty. His recent releases like ‘Centerfold’ is told by a true experience and worshiping flaws of a woman. Get to know who Luvabstract is and what’s his creative process like by reading our brand new Artist Spotlight interview.
Listen to Luvabstract’s EP called ‘The Abstract’:
If someone were to ask you, what kind of music you make?
That’s a tough one that we’ve been kind of struggling with, however, I would say right now it’s kind of like electro and alternative pop realm.
That’s neat. Sticking to different kinds versus just one.
Yeah, that is kind of by design. I like pushing myself. I don’t want to kind of like you to stay in one pocket. I would say the fact that blogs can’t necessarily pinpoint where I am is actually an accomplishment.
Do you produce your music or do you have a team of producers you work with?
I have a production team that I work with based in Los Angeles named The Waveys. 99% of my music goes through them and touch it in some capacity as a writing standpoint. I do about a 90 percent of it, and we bounce back and forth.
So let’s rewind a bit to the beginning. Were you always into music as an artist?
I started making music when I was 16. I feel like everybody kind of has the mentality of “I’m going to be in a band” when they’re in high school. From there it progressed as I got older. Most of my friends were into girls or sports, but I always had music in me.
Where does the name Luvabstract come from?
I had a tee shirt line called abstract clothing and when I made enough money I was trying to buy a domain. When I tried Love Abstract spelled as L.O.V.E, it cost $2,000. However, when I spelled it as L.U.V abstract, it turned out to be $50. The point of abstract clothing was to be able to freely express me because abstract means like not set in stone. Therefore, that’s where the abstract part of it comes from. I can do whatever I wanted to express myself, and that’s still me. The love part is resourceful that reflects a kind of goofiness and the flow of a lot of things. Those are both kinds of encompassing who I am as an individual.
That’s so great! I believe the name does represent your music a lot. When I listen to it and then look at your name, they link and blend perfectly. Now I understand that in the beginning, you were a rapper? Is that correct?
Yes. I started off rapping in bands then singing in bands, then back to rapping, and finally came Luvabstract.
What made you want to stretch your taste in music? Moreover, why change your course from rapping to what you sing now?
The Waveys suggested trying to sing. Since we are from Akron, Ohio and pretty close, one day, they came up to me and said ‘Try singing and see where it goes.’ My first singing song is ‘Lost Girls,’ and it resonated well with people. It was the easiest song I’ve written, and it became a no-brainer for me. I am forever grateful that The Waveys pushed me in that direction and unlocked a part of my creative ability. But on the other hand, I still do rap a little bit and new songs are coming out soon will have that.
Wow- that’s interesting. Doing this, can you explain a little bit how you your creative process changed?
The writing process kind of changed a little bit. For me, I cannot just sit down and write. Sometimes it just comes to me, and I know that kind of sounds weird or whatever, but like literally I will pull over in my car, and I’d be like, yes, that’s it. But when I was rapping, I was seriously just kind of like sitting down, and I’m like, ‘I have to write about x, y, and z.’ Thus, when I became like a pop singer, it became natural. There is more real emotion happening.
What are you hoping that your listeners are walking away with?
The main thing that I’m trying to portray with my music is that Pop music has its substance. I love the Pop formula, and I think it’s amazing, but I have issues finding pop music that isn’t super shallow. So that’s kind of like one thing don’t try to do. The messages range but mostly directed to the woman and of them saying ‘You are more than enough. You are more than your body.’ Also, that ‘you don’t necessarily need to be a bad bitch to feel accepted in the world.’ That’s the recurring messages in my music, but every song has its own life.
Then, speaking of your music, your latest track is Centerfold. What direction were you headed with this one?
This is the first I made that was 100 percent about like me in myself. A lot of my songs have stories that incorporate my life or things that I’ve seen, however, with this one, it’s a direct conversation between a girl and me. It’s an honest conversation talking about our relationship and things that I kind of didn’t like. Then, spoke about our flaws and especially her flaws are what make her perfect. So I’m just really proud of myself for like being 100 percent authentic.
In that same realm, being organic and authentic- performing before audiences do you feel that it natural or were you getting those nerves and feeling anxious?
When I first started, I was very obsessed with perfection. Like I maybe went through four or five versions of the song or cover art before releasing it. And, with my website and other things, I’m the same way, kind of like freaking out. I had a friend that told me he had an opening at a show, and without asking just said I’m doing it. I freaked out and was like ‘Oh my gosh,’ (laughs) I was thinking I wasn’t ready and wasn’t going to do it. Through that first experience is what made me realize that nothing is ever perfect, nothing is ever going to be completely lined up, and sometimes you have to kind of jump and adjust while you’re in the air. That first experience was horrifying! It’s one of those things where you pull yourself and hope for the best.
For new emerging artists who haven’t had the chance to perform, do you have any routines that make you more comfortable?
Not necessarily, haha. My DJ and I will do nothing and sit in the green room. Normally, I’m just strolling through my Instagram. It’s funny because sometimes people who work at the venue see us and look curious or shocked. (laughs). But, one time, I passed out donuts, and people loved it and that kind of thing. But really, there isn’t anything special I do. But for others, realize that for the most part, nobody comes to a show to watch somebody fail. So, even if you do mess up, people won’t notice, and most of the time they don’t realize it.
Do you have any shows coming up soon where people can come see you or new music?
I don’t have any shows lined up. I do have a single coming out in the next couple of weeks and stay tuned on my instagram or twitter for announcements with that.
Well, thank you so much. We appreciate you talking to us.